Avoiding Holiday Stress
Tips for the Caregiver – Avoiding Holiday Stress
Preparing for the normal demands of the holiday season can be even more stressful when the care of a family member or friend is involved. Here are some useful "tips" for caregivers during the holidays and every day of the year.
- Recognize your own importance. Before you can properly care for someone else, you need to take care of your own physical and emotional needs. Eat a nutritious diet and get an adequate amount of sleep. Most importantly, do not neglect your own health as you get wrapped up in the holiday season.
- Ask others for help. Don't be afraid to ask family members or friends to lend a hand, especially during the holidays. Ask them to come spend time at home with your loved one or take him/her out for the day. This break will give you a chance to go shopping, attend a holiday party or just spend time alone.
- Seek professional guidance. Caregiver support groups provide an opportunity to discuss your concerns and frustrations with others experiencing the same emotions. Community calendars or health sections of your local newspaper may list when and where caregiver support groups meet.
- Recognize that daily routines change, especially during the holidays. During the holidays, when things become more hectic, allow yourself more time to accomplish daily tasks. Worrying about getting everything done can be as stressful as actually doing it. And remember, the holidays will end and a normal routine will resume.